Al-Awadhi, E.A., Garvey, T.M., Alhag, M., Claffey, N.M., O’Connell, B.

The Nance appliance is widely considered to be an efficient method of anchorage reinforcement; however, much of the perceived advantage is based on clinical judgment. The aim of this study was to assess the amounts of anchorage loss and desired tooth movement associated with the Nance appliance.

The mandibular arches of seven beagle dogs were used. The first and third premolars were extracted. Reference miniscrews were placed at the first premolar sites as stable references to measure the amounts of anchorage loss and desired tooth movement. Four beagles were fitted with custom-made Nance appliances on the fourth premolars and orthodontic bands on the second premolars (Nance group). Three beagles were fitted with orthodontic bands on the second and fourth premolars, with no anchorage reinforcement (control group). The second premolars were retracted over 15 weeks in both groups. The amounts of second premolar movement (desired tooth movement) and fourth premolar movement (anchorage loss) were recorded at five, 10 and 15 weeks. The percentages of desired tooth movement and anchorage loss to the total space closure were calculated.

The mean desired tooth movement was significantly greater in the Nance group than in the control group at 10 weeks (P<0.05) but was not significantly different at five and 15 weeks. The mean percentages of anchorage loss to the total space closure at 15 weeks were 45.7% in the control group and 28.8% in the Nance group. The Nance group had 16.9% less anchorage loss and 16.6% more desired tooth movement than did the control group at 15 weeks (P<0.05). Most of the anchorage loss (80%) in the Nance group occurred during the first 10 weeks.

The Nance appliance did not provide absolute anchorage, but there was significantly less anchorage loss with it than in the control group. The majority of anchorage loss occurred during the first 10 weeks in the Nance group.

Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2015; 147 (3): 330-338.